Shego glared daggers at Bonnie was she watched the brunette leave the room, vaguely aware that her supposed lover was doing the same. Once the brunette was out of sight, the pale woman’s head snapped back towards Kim and she crossed her arms over her chest then cocked a hip in her classic, ‘I’m pissed and need a good answer NOW!’ pose.
“Look, you have to know that this isn’t what I wanted when I asked her to move in with us,” Kim tried to defend herself.
“Oh I have to, do I?” Shego retorted sarcastically.
“Yes, you do. I know you’re upset right now-”
“Pissed is more like it.”
Kim sighed, and started over. “Fine pissed, whatever, but I know that you know deep down that I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you.” She stepped and tried to take Shego’s hand, but the other woman simply stepped back. “You know there’s only one girl for me and that’s you.”
“So then what was all that?” Shego asked, gesturing to the couch.
“Sleep depravation, too much chocolate, and a lot of bad luck. But I promise you it won’t happen again.”
“Yeah? Well you can keep your promises until after I’ve had my morning coffee. Then maybe we’ll discuss the future of this whole arrangement.”
With that, Shego stuck her nose in the air as she turned and walked off towards the kitchen and did her best to ignore Kim as she called out her name in a pleading tone. Instead she focused on making her way into the kitchen and, more importantly, to the coffee maker. Not that she really needed coffee to wake her up at this point, but it was at least something to help her keep her mind off what she just saw and what it might mean for her. She focused all her energy on opening the cupboard, pulling out the coffee mix and filters, putting them together in just the right combination and then sliding it all into the coffee maker. A flip of a switch later and the hot brew was on its way to being made. The whole process took only about two minutes, which was far less time than Shego would have liked.
Really should have bought the beans and the grinder, she thought as she leaned into the counter with her head hanging.
“Shego?” Kim’s voice reached here again, sounding much closer this time.
Shego let out a slight gasp at the sudden change and turned her head slightly over her should to see that Kim was in fact standing in the kitchen, only a few short feet away from her. She tried to muster her best “still pissed off” face but it quickly dissolved and instead she turned her attention back to the coffee maker so that the redhead couldn’t her true expression.
“Shego please,” Kim tried again, much softer this time.
“Don’t,” the older woman returned, thankfully still sounding upset.
“I have to. We need to get this straightened out.”
“Yeah I think I’ve already figured it out.”
“That’s the problem, you think you have but you haven’t. So if you don’t want to talk, that’s fine, but at least listen.”
“What are you being so stubborn?!” Kim shouted in frustration.
“Because I don’t want this to be the moment.”
The redhead arched an eyebrow at that remark. “Moment? What moment?”
“The moment where it’s all taken away from me!” Shego blurted out, whipping around to face the other woman.
The outburst surprised them both into silence. Shego smacked herself on the forehead before she sat down at the kitchen table and buried her face in her hands.
“Stupid, stupid, stupid,” she muttered angrily.
Her self-berating came to an end when she felt a hand gently wrap itself around her left one and pull it down onto the table with a gentle squeeze. Not surprisingly when she looked up she saw Kim staring at her with a concerned and loving gaze. A smile started to spread across her lips but it quickly turned back into a frown as she looked away and tried to pull her hand back, only to have Kim strengthen her grip.
“Let go,” Shego pleaded with no real force behind her voice.
“No. Not until you tell me what’s going on,” Kim practically demanded. “What did you mean by it’s all going to be taken away?”
“This!” she gestured around with her free hand. “All this! This…house! This…life!” Her head fell again after the initial outburst. “Shin,” she continued then cast a glance over to Kim. “You.”
“You think I’d do that to you?” the redhead asked in complete surprise.
“I think someone would! You, Global Justice, WEE, Karma, God, Buddha, Zeus, whatever! I just…I’m not suppose to have this.”
Shego snorted and gave her an “Are you kidding?” look.
“Do you even remember how we met?” she asked sardonically.
“Not something I could really forget,” Kim quipped.
“Then you remember the kind of person I used to be,” she said, sounding somewhat ashamed. “Selfish, thoughtless, lazy, rude, sarcastic…”
“You’re still that one at least.”
“Yeah I don’t think that’s ever gonna change. But still, you see my point right? I wasn’t a nice person. I was totally into the villain lifestyle. I loved stealing and as insane as they were I did enjoy being part of Drakken’s take over the world schemes. Mostly though I just love the rush of it all.”
“You are going somewhere with this, right?” Kim asked, feeling a little confused.
Shego cast her a glare like that of someone who kept talking during a movie. It was then that the redhead finally let go of her hand so she could throw hers up in a slightly defensive pose to indicate she wasn’t going to interrupt again. Shego nodded and continued on with her tale.
“The point is, my life use to be: lay around whatever lair we’re in at the moment listening to Drakken’s latest crazy plan, steal whatever gizmo he needed for said plan, be interrupted by you and the buffoon, fight and sometimes get away with the thing, sometimes not. When we did get away it was time to wait around for you to find our location, more fighting, eventually destroy Drakken’s stupid contraption, listen to him swear revenge on you as we ran away to another liar and then wait for the cycle to start all over again,” she revealed then let out a slight exhausted breath. “But now with Shin and our relationship and this house and this neighborhood, everything just seems kinda…well…”
“Normal?” Kim ventured.
“First of all, despite ‘this house and this neighborhood’ our lives are anything but normal. Especially with what I, and soon we, do for a living. Second of all, if all the talk about karma I’ve been doing lately has brought all this up then I’m sorry. But I really don’t think you’ll have to worry about some kind of grand, karmic justice.”
“Why not? I’ve certainly done enough bad things to have the deck stacked against me.”
“True, but you’ve agreed to start helping me on missions when you feel ready, right? So maybe karma already knows that and is giving you a free pass because of all the good things you’re about to do to off set the bad things you’ve already done.”
Shego mulled that over for a few seconds. It did seem to make some sort of sense. At least as much sense as all that karma stuff could.
“Yeah I guess you’re right,” she admitted. “So…does this mean I won’t have to worry about you running off with our new house guest?”
“With Bonnie?!” Kim exclaimed in surprise.
She then blinked before bursting out into a fit of laughter. It took her about a minute to finally calm down enough to where she could talk again.
“Sorry, sorry,” she apologized while wiping a tear away. “It’s just…trust me, that will never happen!”
“Not that I don’t believe you, but why wouldn’t that happen?” Shego asked, eyeing her a bit suspiciously.
“And I’m sure a lot of people said that about me when you told ‘em about us.”
Kim’s smile quickly faded as her eyes widened when she caught onto Shego’s meaning.
“Oh. Well…that’s different.”
“I don’t know, it just is! We already had some kind of…connection before we were attracted to each other. Bonnie just…annoyed me. A lot. A lot.”
“So you’re saying there’s absolutely no chance you would run off with her.”
“Not just her, but any other girl. Seems the only kind I’m attracted to are the green skinned and plasma throwing variety.”
A dark green tint came to Shego’s cheeks in her own unique version of blushing. This time nothing stopped the smile from crossing her lips as she gazed lovingly over at Kim.
“Thanks,” she said softly. “And for the record my kind of girl seems to be of the redheaded, world saving variety.”
Kim smiled back, those hers was a little more playful. “You might need to narrow that down a bit. I can think of at least one other redhead world saver now.”
“Hey I can’t help it if you’re not as unique as I am.”
“That aside, are you feeling better now?”
“Yeah, I think I am.”
“And we’re good?”
Shego reached out and took Kim’s hand in a repeat of the redhead’s earlier action.
“Yeah, we’re good,” she said gently.
The redhead smiled again, first out of loving affection but it quickly turned wicked as a devious thought formed in her mind.
“I don’t know,” she said playfully. “You still looked a little bummed to me. Fortunately, I’ve learned a new trick that always seems to cheer Shin up when she’s feeling cranky.”
The pale woman quirked an eyebrow at her lover as she tried to figure out what exactly she meant. Judging by that look, it didn’t seem very good for her. She tried to think of something Kim might do to cheer Shin up and it dawned on her very quickly. She pulled her hand and even the chair back a bit as a horrified expression crossed her face.
“Oh no. Don’t you dare,” she warned with a shake of her head.
Kim ignored her and scooted her chair back as she slowly began to lurch forward. Shego moved her own chair back and every muscle in her body tensed in preparation to avoid the attack she knew was coming. The two women stared each other in the eyes, searching for any signs of weakness or hints they were about to move. It vaguely reminded them both of the old days, but that was quickly forgotten when Kim tossed her love a quick wink. Shego took that as the sign to bolt out of her chair and try to run out of the kitchen. Unfortunately, Kim was too quick for and the redhead quickly tackled to her to the floor once she leaped over the chairs. She wasted no time in unleashing the vicious assault from her fingers. They wiggled up and down and back fourth across Shego’s sides, causing the older woman to dissolve into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
“Stop it! Stop it!” she cried out between laugh as she struggled to get free.
Her pleas only seemed to spur Kim come on even more. Her smile grew even larger, though now it was more a smile of pure fun rather than deviousness as from before. She repositioned herself to sit gently on Shego’s stomach to keep her pinned to the floor as her fingers started to work even faster.
“Seriously! Haha! Stop it!” Shego pleaded again, tears welling at the corners of her eyes. “Haha! I’ll get you for this Possible!”
It was now Kim’s turn to laugh at the lame threat that reminded them both so much of the ones Drakken use to hurl at her. She continued to laugh when she got caught up in this moment of pure, simple fun. For that moment nothing else in the world seemed to matter other than to keep Shego happy and laughing. Even if Shego was cursing her at the moment she could tell that deep down she was having as much fun as the redhead. It was these moments that helped them know that no matter what life threw at them they could always find some way to make it through. As fun as they were though, those moments did have to come to an end at some point.
“What are you two doing?” a voice asked from the kitchen doorway.
Kim stopped abruptly at the sudden intrusion and even Shego’s laughter seemed to stop on a dime. They both looked up to see Bonnie standing in the archway, now dressed her in Smarty-Mart uniform and looking at them like they were insane. They looked to each other dumbfounded then looked back to the brunette and tried to come up with some kind of explanation. She merely shook her head and walked silently over to the coffee maker, which she first turned off before pulling the pot out and filling up a travel cup. She put back what was left then turned to leave. She cast one last glance back at the two from the archway then shook her head again and left.
Kim and Shego continued to lay on the floor for several seconds afterward, not having moved from their earlier position since Bonnie entered. That changed, however, when Shego realized she had an opening and took it. She jolted up so that now she was the one on top while Kim was laying on the floor. Flashing a devious smile of her own, she quickly began to give the redhead a taste of her own medicine and began to tickle her without mercy. Naturally Kim dissolved into giggle fits too and began to return the curses Shego had been sending her way.
How long this event kept up they couldn’t say, because they each lost track of the time from enjoying themselves far too much.
Author’s Notes: Well, this certainly wasn’t the idea I had in mind for the Spotlight chapter featuring Shego. In fact, it was completely different and had Shego reflecting on her new life by herself late at night. But since so many people wanted to see a resolution to the argument between Kim and Shego from chapter three of “The Pathetic Tale of Bonnie Rockwaller” I decided to that and just add in my original idea as a second scene. Course when I got the part I wanted to end the first scene on…well it just felt right to end the fic on the tickle fight there. So I might come back to my original idea in another Spotlight chapter or work into a story somewhere. Probably the former though after I get another few Spotlights out of the way. Still I hope you guys enjoyed this one and that is was a satisfying resolution to the conflict. I know I enjoyed it.
So that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next time.